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'No progress' for Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews

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Things don't sound too good for Jonathan Toews.The Blackhawks captain didn't practice Tuesday and he will miss the Hawks' game Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It will be the fifth game in a row Toews will miss with suspected concussion symptoms. Toews also was involved in a one-car crash last Thursday en route to the United Center. He wasn't hurt in the crash, but was already out of the lineup.

"[Toews] is the same," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West on Tuesday. "He didn't skate today. He's about the same he's been the last few days. No progress."

Does it he consider it bad news?

"Obviously, you'd like to see him on the ice and then you get a pretty good idea when he's going to be back," Quenneville said. "Obviously, he enhances our team in all areas. It's tough when you don't see him on the ice.

"I think he's watching games and he's disappointed he can't be out there to help us. Injured guys definitely deal with that, especially at this time of the year. Knowing the leader that he is and how meaningful it would be for him to be in our lineup, that's part of the frustration as well."

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson skated on his own Tuesday, but he also won't play against the Maple Leafs. It will be the 10th game in the last 11 he will miss. He had missed seven games in a row with concussion symptoms. Defenseman Steve Montador (concussion) remains on injured reserve.

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